The world’s largest social network Facebook has released a simplified version of its mobile application called Facebook Lite, which is designed for low-cost or old models of Android smartphones. This is evidenced by the application page in the Google Play store.
Facebook Lite takes only 252 kilobytes of memory on your phone, while maintaining the key features of Facebook. In addition, according to the developers, the program is specially adapted to work in less high-speed 2G-networks and downloads content even with a very slow Internet connection. The app is available for Android 2.2 and later devices.
It is noteworthy that Facebook has included in the “light”-version of the application functions of personal messaging — social network previously brought the mobile chat function in a separate application Facebook Messenger for users around the world. Facebook Lite also provides push notifications and camera integration.
This set of features is designed to help, first of all, users in developing countries to connect to Facebook easier in the absence of a developed Internet infrastructure. At the moment the application is running in Nepal, Nigeria, Bangladesh, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Since the launch of the application in Google Play, the number of downloads has already exceeded 10 thousand, and the average score is 4.6 points out of 5 maximum.
In August 2013, the head of Facebook mark Zuckerberg has launched a charity initiative Internet.org. Its main purpose is to connect to the Internet five billion people worldwide (mainly talking about the population of poor African countries). Within the framework of the project, Facebook with the help of partners plans to increase the efficiency of electronic data transmission and reduce the cost of Internet connection by 100 times.